Lynx Black Cat 2017 Driver Review – Those of you of a certain vintage will know the Lynx Black Cat name and the 2016 driver continues these values.
Given the name it is no surprise that one of the three head colours is a rather glossy black on the sole combined with a matte finish on the crown.
Lynx Black Cat 2017 Driver Review
If you prefer you can also have the Black Cat in blue or red, but the name remains the same as apparently it is hard to make a cat change its spots.
That is pretty much all you get visually at address as there is no alignment line on the 460cc titanium crown or contrasting colour face for those who like something to line up with.
It is quite a square looking top line, but it does give it that better player look, even though the Black Cat will suit a wider range of handicaps.
The generous face uses a wrap around cup face design that has had a face hardening treatment in order to maximise balls speeds.
Turn the club over and on the sole you get the visual hit from the Spin Control System that features a moveable weight with a difference.
It is essentially one weight with a heavy (HW) and a light (LW) end that can be switched to move the heavy end forward or back in order to change the spin and the flight of the ball.
All you do is loosen the screw in the centre, to either take it out completely or more likely get to the point where you can spin the weight around like a helicopter blade.
This not only gives the Black Cat a distinctive look, but also means you a less likely to drop the weight, which always seems to happen when I am swapping smaller screw weights in and out.
Spinning the weight did have a reasonable effect on the flight, but having the HW at the back and getting the right loft on the adjustable hosel will probably be the set up that suits most golfers.
There is just one head that uses the adjustable hosel to change the loft from 8.5° to 12.5° in five steps, plus draw and fade bias settings.
What I really like about this hosel though is the fact that the loft ring also rotates around the shaft axis, which means that you can keep the orientation of the shaft the same if you want to align the shaft for performance reasons.
The feel from the face at impact was good with a sort of hollow zing sound that I have experienced before on Lynx drivers and I quite like. Get all the settings right and the performance was up there with the leading drivers too.
The components are also good with a red Graphalloy ProLaunch shaft as standard, plus other options available via custom fitting.
At the Lynx launch day I attended, former Ryder Cup player and Lynx ambassador Nick Dougherty was playing one, so this driver is really for all levels.
Lynx is probably not a brand that most golfers would put at the top of their list, but the value for money tends to be pretty good and with the Black Cat driver you can get a well designed and good performing adjustable driver that will suit anyone from elite players right up to mid handicappers.
Reviewed by Martin Hopley – Golfalot.com